March 16th, 2010
02:46 PM ET
5 years ago

'American Idol' judge wants your vote – for her father

American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi’s father, Joe, launched his bid for Senator Tuesday in New York.
American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi’s father, Joe, launched his bid for Senator Tuesday in New York.

Washington (CNN) - He's a Senate hopeful who's the father of an "American Idol" judge. And he wants to replicate the success of a senator who's the father of a former "American Idol" contestant.

Will former Rep. Joe DioGuardi, R-New York, be able to do what Senator Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, recently did: carry a historically Democratic state as a Republican? Not to mention that Brown's daughter, Ayla, was a finalist on Fox's "American Idol" – and DioGuardi's daughter, Kara, currently appears on the show.

Today, Joe DioGuardi announced he's running for Senate for New York. In a statement, the certified public accountant says, "America has rightly rejected Congress's spend more, tax more, borrow more philosophy."

He adds, "Washington doesn't seem to listen for long. As a New York Senator, I would stand up for the commonsense economic and fiscal policies that would bring jobs to New York and put America back on the right track."

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DioGuardi's announcement marks a return to politics after serving two terms in the House of Representatives in the late 1980s.

His daughter, "Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi, tells CNN she's "excited."

She spoke to CNN in a telephone interview. The songwriter says she remembers growing up in a political family, campaigning for her father and traveling to Washington.

When asked to put her famous songwriting skills to work on a campaign slogan, Kara DioGuardi thought for a moment, and came up with a simple line, "Vote for Joe."

Kara DioGuardi says her father is "somebody who works hard when he believes in something." Asked what kind of senator her father might be, she says he would tackle tough issues.

Kara DioGuardi says "ridiculous spending" by the government has "has gotten crazy." And she says her father will concern himself with government accountability.

The daughter declined to discuss her own political views and whether they align with her father's. But she did say she would work with him, if he wins, "on certain issues, of course." She cited issues of concern to the music community, such as copyright infringement and piracy.

CNN also asked the daughter if she'd ever follow her father into politics. "Perhaps," she said. "Definitely don't want to rule anything out."


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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. gt

    if he is hot as his daugher...hello senator !

    March 16, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Linney

    I would say Kara is about 1000 times more respected as a part of the music industry than Ayla Brown will ever be. Apples and oranges, CNN. Apples and oranges (and I don't even think Kara is that great).

    March 16, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Chad Huffman

    So that's where she gets her loud-mouthed blathering?

    March 16, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. are you kidding me

    I don't like Kara and i don't like Republicans. They both need to go.

    March 16, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Doug,lib jersey

    Wow, what courage! Hope she has good security for when a crazy lib tries to be Democratic!

    March 16, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Maximus

    He adds, "Washington doesn't seem to listen for long. As a New York Senator, I would stand up for the commonsense economic and fiscal policies that would bring jobs to New York and put America back on the right track."

    Kinda like the cowboys' administrations did (yes, that's Ronnie and Georgie).

    You Republicans - what kidders!

    March 16, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Rogue Planet

    Eric Erickson, really?

    March 16, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Independent One

    Sorry I can't vote for anyone representing the repubs right now

    March 16, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Sean

    tell Kara to be quiet. She is a lousy judge on A.I. and she does not write good songs and now she is pandering for votes for her dad? what a waste.

    March 16, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Tommy P

    He is a Republican? No thanks. They already got enough members in the party of No.

    March 16, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. eric

    Haha Letès all vote against him just to make her mad!! LOL

    March 16, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. john in binghamton NY

    This is so stupid that it just might work. Why don't just make his daughter the senator from NY?

    March 16, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. SMC, central PA

    DioGuardi says, "America has rightly rejected Congress's spend more, tax more, borrow more philosophy." That means he's one of those spend more, CUT TAXES and borrow more Republicans. No thanks Joe, we've already played that tune.

    March 16, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. jerseylou

    I could never vote for any body who's connected to the fox net work, with good conscious.

    March 16, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. that's a fail

    Lame. This rhetoric is meaningless fear. But he's in the GOP... what else would we hear? Maybe "NO" should be in there somewhere.

    March 16, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Sparky

    If his judge of politics is anything like her of singing don't plan on getting my vote

    March 16, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. carlos

    If REPULSIVE and REPUGNANT, then, a CONservative....to the middle of the ocean with all of them.....not much will be missed

    March 16, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Scott

    Sorry, but you just lost my respect now that I know your affiliation to the "say no at any cost" party.

    March 16, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. REG in AZ

    It doesn't matter by what name – the Tea Party Movement, Conservative Groups, Republicans or whatever – there are those whose bold self-focused antics should be a real red-flag warning. Their intention isn't to delay and adjust reforms but rather to just bury them and to instead return to 'more of the same', the same that got us the problems, the same that greatly favors those few and substantially costs the majority, the same that was literally diminishing America as a world leader. The proof is really seen in that they never acknowledge the harm perpetrated in the arrogant deceptions and irresponsible self-serving abuses, there never has been an apology or conscience demonstrated and, most importantly, there is no indication or any real assurance that their aim isn't to return to 'more of the same'. The only way that assurance can be achieved is for the majority to now firmly reject the subterfuge and the manipulation. If the voters actually choose to again accept the gross dishonesty, then we can really only expect 'more of the same', which will be far more costly to this and several future generations. Whether we like it or not the responsibility is ours and rationalizing that they all have faults isn't any answer.

    March 16, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Dave

    Hope he wins. Nothing to do with Repubs or Dems. It is just about sending a message to Washington:

    REAL CHANGE!

    Stop spending OUR money!

    Less spending
    Less taxes
    Less government

    March 16, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. stop the nonsense

    If she makes one mention of him on the show- FOX better be prepared for equal time for all other candidates under the law.

    March 16, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. The Best Critic

    It is certainly a good time to campaign against reckless government spending. Tell us something we don't know.

    March 16, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Stacie

    Sadly, Doug, it seems only far right wing nuts have been promoting violence lately. The "crazy libs" just quietly stand at street corners with signs or wear pink t-shirts and shout anti-war slogans.

    March 16, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Robert in Texas

    Uummmm, no thanks! But maybe with more experience and practice you can come back next year...

    March 16, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. The Calabash Kid

    This guy and his group urged us all to vote for Reagan, who doubled the national debt from $1.5 trillion to $3 trillion. He urged us to vote for Bush1, who increased our debt from $3 trillion to $4.5 trillion. Clinton I must admit increased the debt by $2 trillion, but he paid $0.5 trillion back and his budget was paying the debt down at the rate of $250 billion per year when he left office.

    The king of deficit spenders as we all know was GW Bush, who added $5.5 trillion to our debt. He is also the first president who accidentally invaded the wrong country; the one with WMAs was Iran.

    This is the kind of "common sense" this guy wants us to return to?
    Suckers.

    March 16, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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